17 Feb '12, 9pm

Diversifying through REITs

Real estate as an asset class is hardly a new concept. People have viewed property as an investment long before the advent of stock exchanges and other capital markets. The URA Private Property Index jumped from 33.3 points in 1980 to 202.8 points in 2010. This is a 500-per-cent increase over 30 years, signifying the surge in the value of real estate, which has outpaced the rate of inflation. Real estate investments are a good way to diversify your portfolio. Given the large transaction sizes of properties, most retail investors face a difficult choice - either commit a large amount of capital or exclude exposure to an asset class that can diversify their investment portfolio. REITS IN SINGAPORE One way to achieve property diversification is to invest in real estate investment trusts (REITs). REITs are tax-advantaged corporate vehicles that provide a real estate investment...

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